Re: Are You On A Pacemaker?
There are 3 processes, which were gone through, to get to the point of installing the device.
1) The wearing of a tracking monitor, for, If I remember correctly, a month. That gives them as recording of all that is going on in there.
2) Going in to have an Ablation.
"Ablation, also known as catheter ablation, is a treatment that aims to correct certain types of abnormal heart rhythms by blocking electrical pathways in the heart. It uses either heat (radiofrequency ablation) or freezing (cryoablation) on the area of your heart that's causing the abnormal heart rhythm (or arrhythmia)."
In short, they insert a probe, via a vein, and have a close look at the tentacles, etc, which provide us with a heartbeat. I was told that by changing electrical connections around (in the heart) a correct heartbeat can, sometimes be re-established. I watched this going on, via a massive screen, in the room, and it was very fascinating!
It didn't provide the fix, in my case.
3) If the heart cannot be relied upon to hit the right beat, they put this little electrical device in, probably at a later date, just under the skin, and connect it where the connections need to be (in the heart).
The device usually has 3 wires (early models only had 2).
That's the battery powered pacemaker.
No scars, you can poke around to feel if it's still there.
Any medics, in this Forum, please feel free to correct anything I've put in here.
Over 10 years it may have changed a lot.
I have to wonder how many of those extra years were because of this device, or might I have lived on anyway!